At the conclusion of the Battle of Vittoria, 21st June 1813, the French were eventually forced to flee leaving behind their baggage train, including King Joseph’s carriage. Soldiers ‘liberated’ this source of booty.

 

 

 

 

The 14th discovered King Joseph’s solid silver chamber-pot which they removed. This action gave the 14th their nickname of the “Emperor’s Chambermaids”. To this day, it is a tradition that, at formal mess dinners, the Officers of the Regiment toast the Emperor with champagne drunk from the silver chamber-pot.